Former LCS Player Lashes Out At Coach After Being Thrown Under The Bus

Every team owner and his dog is chipping in to give their ten cents on Marc “Tryndamere” Merrill’s outlandish remarks, with owner of former NA LCS squad NME, Robert “Chachi” Stemmler the latest infuriated team owner to take to twitter and bark at Riot’s co-founder. Though where Team SoloMid owner Andy “Reginald” Dinh, carefully constructed his comments so as not to leave himself vulnerable, Chachi took the opportunity to grab his former top laner Cuong “Flaresz” Ta and throw him under the bus.

Chachi evidently still feels sore about his LCS experience. Throughout his statement, the owner of the relegated side referenced a number of anecdotes to reinforce his hardships as a low tier team owner. Prominently however, Chachi pointed the finger firmly towards issues he experienced with NME top laner Flaresz:

Source: Riot Games Flickr
Source: Riot Games Flickr

“Maokai. Nautilus. He wasn’t great at them, so he needed to practice them in solo queue. Only, he didn’t. Riven, Rumble, Riven, Hecarim, Riven. Even after being told by coaches to play specific champions in solo queue, he would play a game and then revert to only-damage.”

“He had gone top while we were vastly ahead, giggling in the team comms, to full clear a double wave as Nautilus which Otter had specifically requested for his Last Whisper. We have clear, visible evidence of a player playing solo queue on stage during the LCS. His talent, at that point, doesn’t matter. Benching is the ONLY option.”

Robert “Chachi” Stemmler, NME eSports Team Owner

Unsuprisingly, Flaresz – a player still looking to continue his professional career – leapt onto twitter to defend himself against some of the slander contained in Chachi’s post:

Talking about former employees is always going to be a messy affair and it opens the door for them to retaliate. In a post originally crafted to cast light onto Riot’s negligence in supporting the teams in their league, it seems peculiar that a team owner would stray onto such a tangent, throwing heavy shade at a former player.

Chachi later back-peddled and offered an apology (of sorts) to Flaresz.

Whether the accusations were true or not, the use of his name feels entirely unnecessary. Chachi could have easily said ‘we had a player who’, and continued the story without personal details – no-one would have batted an eyelid.